English: Demon King Daimao
Synonyms: Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Mao
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 3, 2010 to Jun 19, 2010
23 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 7.381 (scored by 64000 users)
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SynopsisAfter enrolling at the Constant Magic Academy, Akuto Sai discovers he's not just a gifted student with magical powers; he's destined to become the Demon King. And though he's not that crazy about the idea, it drives the girls wild! From the sexy school girls in his class to the skin-obsessed android who's programmed to seduce him, Akuto has no shortage of wacky girl trouble. How much temptation can a demon king take?
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou
Side story: Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou Specials
Characters & Voice Actors
"That's why I decided not to think about anything anymore!"
That's a good one-line summary of this anime taken straight from the last episode. It's safe to say that the enjoyment of this anime is inversely proportional to the amount of plot stuffed into one episode. Simply, the more plot, the less fun. Ichiban is a harem anime. That means it doesn't exist to cater to the brain, and it doesn't. You should be aware that if you're going to watch this anime, then you're watching it for a good laugh, a small smirk, and moments where you can go "Oh Japan!" and laugh at what makes it onto millions of TV sets across seas. You will like the fight scenes, and you will never learn the characters names - you will refer to them by hair color.
The demon lord, 100 years ago, tried to destroy humanity. The demon lord was killed and peace resumed, and up until our story begins, nothing as terrible has happened since then. Here our protagonist is introduced, Sai Akuto. His goal is be someone of great authority who will lead people to lead righteous lives (the anime alludes to the Pope). He then meets Hattori Junko, or "the Blue one", and she and Sai hit it off and look like they're going to be great friends. Then a tweest. Sai Akuto is designated by the sorting hat, I mean, the Yata-Garasu, as the future demon lord! Oh no! Blue gets mad, challenges Sai to a duel, then tsundere love kicks into effect and then a robot (Green) comes out of nowhere and an invisible girl gets fingered (Red) all in one episode! Actually, the exposition was pretty awesome and I really enjoyed it... But... It is safe to say, that the plot of the anime was almost nil after the first episode. Eventually we have incestuous sibling love, the power rangers, ninja idols, time travel, pseudo-space and all other kinds of crazy stuff coming into the anime. I understand it's anime about magic where 'anything could happen because we are led into a mysterious world whose limits are not ever revealed' but I would like at least some boundaries. When the mysterious man who is awkwardly introduced tried to rape numerous protagonists with giant sea cucumbers, I could safely say that I no longer took the plot seriously. But that's okay. It's a harem.
Think Gurren Lagann fight scenes. Then turn it down a little bit and make sure that there is a lot more OVER 9000 and laser beams and is sped up about fourteen times. You now have a good idea about what fight scenes in Ichiban are like. Animation is superb, art is a little different. The art for me was a little too generic. It felt kind of like fluidity and motion were really nice but left more to desire when someone wasn't kicking ass. If you were to compare this to numerous other harem anime, it just doesn't seem to be much different visually. But that's okay. It has cool fight scenes.
Aki Toysaki does a really awesome job as Soga Keena (Red), but if you don't like her then I recommend turning the volume off, she gets a LOT of screen time, and talks a crap load. Aoi Yuuki (who voiced Mina Tepes from Vampire Bund and Noel from Sora no Woto) had a great voice too. She voiced a monotone character, but did a really job making it sound "not as monotone." I really had no affection toward the OP or the ED. But that's okay. They suited a harem anime very well, and maybe you'll like them because music is a developed taste.
I don't know whether to give this a 1 for about a million bland characters, or a 10 for Peterhausen the dragon who shoots fiery drills. The main cast is a pallet of fun (rimshot). Everyone is a different hair color and a different "dere" so they're easy to tell apart! That's where the harem anime has the most trouble in my opinion. A harem has set archetypal characters and refuses to create an original endearing woman. I'm not saying that any woman in this anime is poorly written. Each one is written with her character in mind, but never strays from what the textbook says. Red is an airhead, Etou (Purple) is masochist, Blue is tsundere, and Green is emotionless. All of them can be summed up in one word.
Sai Akuto is on the other hand, a very interesting character. The setting continually sets him up to be a bad guy, but somehow he always manages to do the right thing, whether people know he's doing it or not. The typical male protagonist in a harem always tries to avoid temptation, but without a clear motive as to why. For example, for some craaaazy reason one of the beautiful ladies has appeared in front of our protagonist naked.Our protagonist, who very often envisions this event happening, suddenly has an over-powering urge to avoid any sexually conduct with this woman. BUT WHY? She's beautiful, naked, and right freaking in front of you! This creates character inconsistencies, but where our protagonist differs, is that when he refuses the woman (which alas he does), he is still in character. In summary, Sai Akuto is a good guy, and no one can tell him otherwise. I like that. As for the rest of the other characters, they're nothing special. But that's okay. Sai is a really cool character you'll love to see on screen, and to boot he isn't a sissy wimp like a lot of other harem protagonists!
Even with so many things working against this anime, there are so many moments where you'll seriously just laugh. I enjoyed a great portion of this anime. The only problem I really had was with the plot. But that's definitely okay! I remembered that it was a harem anime and anyone who forgets this key factor should try to understand that a little bit of mindless humor is good once in a while.
Ichiban is not a memorable anime. It really has nothing worth remembering (except Peterhausen). It just follows a long line of other harem anime into oblivion. But hey, it's only 12 episodes, and it's a fun little anime. I'd say it's worth recommending, but not worth ask feedback on. The response you'll get will be "Well... It was a harem anime... I liked 'X female'" so on and etc.
But that's okay. Because it IS a harem anime and expecting anything more than that is just plain craziness. read more
I started watching this the first week it was aired, so I was following most of this as it was being subbed, apart from the last 4 episodes which I burst through this evening by force.
This anime starts off very strong in my opinion, it is funny, it is reasonably paced, the characters are interesting, and although there are hints of being slightly generic on occassion in the first few episodes, I dismissed them as everything else was great.
The intro hooks you as it starts out at a train station, the main protagonist Sai Akuto is getting on the train to his new school with hopes of becoming a priest, how wrong his hopes will turn out to be though.
Immediately he meets with one of the female heroines, and gets off to a rocky start, which is quickly remedied, and they quickly become friends, and from that introduction easing you in, it starts throwing scraps of the main plot at you, mixed in with interesting characters and lots of funny moments to keep you interested, it seemed so perfect at first, to me at least, as everything was right, everything fit, it seemed great and I couldn't say a bad word about it.
The main character was likeable, he wasn't a stale, brown haired with glasses "I want to always do the right thing nothing else matters I won't hurt people but I don't want to die" cliché piece of rubbish we've seen a million times. He was a unique character, interesting, likeable. He wasn't afraid to stand up, to get in a fight where necessary, but he tried to avoid it otherwise in a reasonable fashion, a simple first hurdle that so many protagonists in this kind of genre fail at and which anger me every time.
The female heroines had some generic stereotypes thrown in here and there, but overall were a solid set of characters, all unique and different, with different motives for being with the protagonist, different goals in mind, all drawn to him and all playing an important part to the main plot evenly, no girl is completely left out.
On a personal side note I absolutely adored the robot girl and student council president. Especially the president, my lord she was brilliant.
The other 'throwaway' side characters as I like to call them aren't annoying, they're reasonably likeable, they do their job well and don't feel forced.
Overall the cast was very solid and worked together well.
The main problem with this series though, is that it starts to rush things.
REALLY rush things, and it loses a lot of it's charm, especially around the middle sections to near the end.
Before you know it, everything has been introduced for a base to build the main plot on, then suddenly the main plot kicks into overdrive and you're left sitting with your head cocked to one side, confused as to where this all of a sudden came from, who these new people are, what is actually going on. Especially in the build up to the last few episodes.
It was obvious that they had to cram a lot together in the 12 episodes, and it would have been much better as a 24 episode series in my honest opinion, as a lot of it was explained in a rather backhanded manner, "Oh, by the way, x is now x of so and so and does this, this is what is the cause of that, understand what's going on now? no? me either.", at least that is how it felt to me at times.
One thing to note though, when the main serious plot does kick in, while the jokes don't completely dissipate; they are toned down. A lot.
There are probably more jokes and hilarious moments in a single early episode than there is in the last 5.
Another gripe is how it seems to almost change genre episode 5+, at times it suddenly gets rather cheesy, with fighting and action scenes that I can only describe as "a mix between dragonball z and naruto" in some cases, especially the sword in the stone bit, I won't spoil, but that seemed too ludicrous for me to handle.
It almost feels as if it can't decide what it would prefer to do, stick with the way it started in the first few episodes, or switch to a generic fighting anime style, it hovers in-between and it aggravated me somewhat.
Despite it's flaws, and in my opinion becoming very generic and average in the middle areas, the late areas redeemed themselves, with the final two episodes being genuinely enjoyable again, although the ending felt like a slight cop-out to me, it was still enjoyable, so if you do watch, be warned that you might have to force yourself to watch some episodes near the middle.
Anyways, enough with explaining the story, characters and my enjoyment of it, onto the art and sound.
The art was very good, the animation was done to a reasonably good standard, neither were anything to go crazy about, but they were good.
Most of the characters had unique visual properties (I say most) that define them and make them unique, so for the most part there are no copypasted characters, the main protagonist is definitely unique, and in a very good way.
I never found any glaring faults with things like anatomy or the way characters move, which is always a good thing, oh, and I watched it uncensored so I cannot comment on how the censorship was done, sorry there.
In regards to sound, the OP was very nice, I liked it a lot in terms of both the animation and the music, the ED was alright too, but I wasn't a huge fan.
The music in the actual anime wasn't really that memorable except in one or two sections, so it is a solid 5-6 on that front, but I liked the voice acting a lot, so that bumps it up to an 8.
The voice actors were very good in my opinion, they conveyed the emotions, reactions and feelings well, I can't say anything bad about them.
All in all, it gets a 7 in my opinion, it was honestly enjoyable, but it rushed too much and felt like it couldn't decide what it wanted to be as an anime.
It could have been so much more.
Still, I would recommend fans of the comedy/supernatural genre give it a try as it is a good all rounder still, I just don't see it getting any special mention or being considered "amazing" any time soon. read more
A young male with almost no power (in our world) is actually the mao, demon lord. This is something both male leading characters have in common. They also have some sort of a sidekick and a female character that likes the main character, yet tries to fight him for some reason but grows to like him over time.
Both stories also have some sort of another female love interest that hangs around but this "love interest" is more obvious in Hataraku Maou-sama!
At the start, both male, main characters have little to no "Mao-power" but this...changes without the main character trying to achieve this. What happens next is up to you to find out.
Demon-lords adapting to a normal society, resulting in plenty of awkward (and funny) situations. Both shows constantly mix up comedy gags with more serious action scenes.
Both protagonists are very powerful demon lords who don't behave quite as everyone expects of an "evil" being.
Trying to live amongst humans peacefully isn't so easy when you're a demon lord.
Well in both series, the main male protagonist is considered a demon king/lord in the modern world. They have a strange (although with different interactions) in both series with the main female character. Additionally, there are also others who are interested in him for different reasons.
There is a lot of comedy, drama, and some obvious romance hints throughout both series. The main male protagonist often denies it or rather is dense about situations. Regardless though, they try to help their friends in various events and puts others above themselves.
There's also action with supernatural gags in both series as well.
A demon lord placed into an regular environment, even tho one is placed in a school and another in the general human public, it is very similar.
Both protagonist have hidden power and there very powerful demon lord
Both characters are or become Satin (the devil). Although for what ever reason both mains aren't really the evil ones during there series, and end up beating the angles who are ironically the antagonists, and end up trying to save humanity.
Through out both series there's great humor and character development, and the animation is really good, but watch out there is a slow start to both series and not that strong of a plot. These anime are mainly comedies with some action so head my warning, but don't worry they're both well done.
The main characters in here are known to be friendly demons who are living in the modern world and just enjoying their lives. Despite their friendly appearance, their powers inside of them are pretty dangerous and can be destructive in a sort of way. Nevertheless, they still have their chill personality inside of them and getting along with other people. Expect some romance, action, and magic.
Maou-sama tells the main character who was transported into the human world and blends in to help meets his goals. Daimaou is a fan service show and tells a story of a character that has a conflict for the next demon king in his future planning.
Both Ichiban no Daimaou and Hataraku Maou-sama! have a Demon King who doesn't fulfil his 'evil role. Ichiban has the main discover he is destined to become the demon king, however works towards a peaceful goal, whereas Hataraku has the initially evil and eventually settling on a peaceful life for himself.
Both series have the powerful 'hero' type female who opposes the demon lord, but necessarily act upon (kill) the demon lord for various reasons. If you like one series then you're bound to like the other, they are of a similar concept, but different enough to enjoy without feeling like you have already seen a part of the same series.
Both have a supernatural school setting with plenty of cute girls and fan service.
Both titles are ecchi-harem type and contain characters with magic powers.
Magical harem hijinks at a school where there's a surprising lack of supervision.
They are almost completely the same...The characters are quite similiar as well, although Akuto in Ichiban seems to be more powerful. There are the main female protagonists, Keena and Moka who both seem fun-spirited and don't seem to worry too much. Kurumu or Ruby from Rosario could stand for Etou in Ichiban. They are both sexy, daring and almost act evil-like but infact, harmless. Junko from Ichiban is most like the vampire side of Moka in Rosario, because they are both strong-willed and serious. Mizore from Rosario is most like Korone from Ichiban. They rarely show emotions and are simple and talk similiar. Yukari from Rosario's personality is like Hiroshi (guy) from Ichiban. They are both brave and shy, also look very baby-ish like. Both animes are harem, but Rosario seems to have more comedy and the anime has all the characters scheming things to get the male protagonist. Ichiban focuses a lot more on the plot, and it only has one season so the anime is a bit rushed, but its more serious too. They both are on the same level of ecchi-ness, with characters that have larger breasts and all that. (:
Magic and mosters along with harem and ecchi. Simple as that.
They are both ecchi's set in a supernatural school. Ichiban being a school of magic, and Rosario being a school for monsters. Both have a bit of romance and comedy throughout.
i dunno, they are both cool in kinda same way
School for people that have, well, "supernatural" abilities.
Harem and also fan service fan service FAN SERVICE.
Both are shows that revolve around magic
Both main characters underestimate their true capabilities
Both are harem, ecchi, romance
Opening Theme"REALOVE:REALIFE" by Sphere
Ending Theme"Everyday sunshine line!" by Natsuko Aso
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